Apple released iOS 16.3, offering new security options and fixing a serious software issue

Apple has released the new iOS 16.3, the third major update to the iPhone operating system. As a larger release, it also includes some new functionality, including compatibility with the company’s most recently released devices. Of course, Apple took the opportunity to correct some of the issues users have been reporting on their iPhones over the past few weeks. Even so, unlike other updates, this one is a fairly small one, but it does add new security options.

In fact, the implementation of physical security keys is the biggest update in iOS 16.3, as it finally allows professional protection for Apple ID accounts. Basically, you can pair a physical security device, in the form of a USB stick, to act as a password. Without this device, you can’t access and modify your Apple account. This means that once you’ve chosen this authentication method, you’ll have to keep that physical key very close at all times and you won’t lose it.

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This update is also the one that fixes the problem with the screens on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max displaying horizontal stripes when the screen comes out of standby. Apple refused to service repair these devices, saying it was a software issue, and apparently it was.

Here’s the full list of changes in iOS 16.3

  • New Unity background honors African-American history and culture for African-American History Month
  • Apple ID security keys allow users to enhance their account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication process on new devices
  • HomePod compatibility (2nd generation)
  • “S.O.S. emergency” calls now require holding down the side button and one of the volume buttons and then releasing them, to avoid making emergency calls by mistake
  • Fixes an issue in the Freeform app where some of the strokes drawn with Apple Pencil or finger could not appear on the shared panels
  • Fixes an issue where backgrounds could display as black on the lock screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause horizontal lines to temporarily appear when activating the screen of an iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the Home app status to display incorrectly in the Home widget on the lock screen
  • Fixes an issue where Siri may not respond properly to music requests
  • Fixes an issue where requests to Siri in CarPlay could not be understood correctly
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The new iOS version works on all iPhone models starting with those released in 2017, i.e. iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Source : Apple

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